a very dear friend. I shall
not give you my answer now. Forget that you have asked me to be your
wife. Let us go on as we have been--then I can consider you from an
entirely different angle for a time. It may be that I shall discover
that my feeling for you is more than friendship. I certainly have not
thought for a moment that I loved you."
This arrangement was perfectly satisfactory to Monsieur Thuran. He
deeply regretted that he had been hasty, but he had loved her for so
long a time, and so devotedly, that he thought that every one must know
"From the first time I saw you, Hazel," he said, "I have loved you. I
am willing to wait, for I am certain that so great and pure a love as
mine will be rewarded. All that I care to know is that you do not love
another. Will you tell me?"
"I have never been in love in my life," she replied, and he was quite
satisfied. On the way home that night he purchased a steam yacht, and
built a million-dollar villa on the Black Sea.
The next day Hazel Strong enjoyed one of the happiest surprises of her
life--she ran face to face upon Jane Porter as she was coming out of a
"Why, Jane Porter!" she exclaimed. "Where in the world did you drop
from? Why, I can't believe my own eyes."
"Well, of all things!" cried the equally astonished Jane. "And here I
have been wasting whole reams of perfectly good imagination picturing
you in Baltimore--the very idea!" And she threw her arms about her
friend once more, and kissed her a dozen times.
By the time mutual explanations had been made Hazel knew that Lord
Tennington's yacht had put in at Cape Town for at least a week's stay,
and at the end of that time was to continue on her voyage--this time up
the West Coast--and so back to England. "Where," concluded Jane, "I am
to be married."
"Then you are not married yet?" asked Hazel.
"Not yet," replied Jane, and then, quite irrelevantly, "I wish England
were a million miles from here."
Visits were exchanged between the yacht and Hazel's relatives. Dinners
were arranged, and trips into the surrounding country to entertain the
visitors. Monsieur Thuran was a welcome guest at every function. He
gave a dinner himself to the men of the party, and managed to
ingratiate himself in the good
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"If we're lucky we'll get as far as Cincinnati, get a stew on and get pinched.Page 11
The fear was engendered by the belief that the youth might be an amateur detective.Page 15
In the first place it seemed quite evident that the robbery at the Prim home, the assault upon Old Baggs, and the murder of Paynter had been the work of the same man; but how could such a series of frightful happenings be in any way connected with the disappearance of Abigail Prim? Of course there were many who knew that Abigail and Reginald were old friends; and that the former had, on frequent occasions, ridden abroad in Reginald's French roadster, that he had escorted her to parties and been, at various.Page 20
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"There are matches in my coat pocket," he whispered, "--the same pocket in which you found the flash lamp.Page 46
'Bout what did ye figger on wantin'?" "Anything you can spare," said the youth.Page 50
"I haven't done anything wicked, honestly! But I want to get away so that they can't question me.Page 62
" As the boy's tale reached the ears of the three hidden in the underbrush Bridge glanced quickly at his companions.Page 65
I don't know how you come by so much wealth; but in view of several things which occurred last night I should not be crazy, were I you, to have to make a true income tax return.Page 67
Before them was a small room in which a large, vicious looking brown bear was chained.Page 75
on Broadway; but at heart he was not happy for never before had he realized what a great proportion of his anatomy was made up of hands and feet.Page 83
If they get us I shall hang, unless someone happens to think of the stake.Page 84
The prisoners could hear the voices of the guards and the jailer raised in an attempt to reason with the unreasoning mob, and then came a final crash and the stamping of many feet upon the floor of the outer room.Page 88
His story corroborates Miss Penning's in every detail, he also said that after killing Paynter he had shot a girl witness and thrown her from the car to prevent her squealing.Page 91
The reason I could not have murdered Miss Prim is because Miss Prim is not dead.Page 92
Abigail laughed merrily.Page 93
I'd rather die, and so I ran away.Page 94
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